Thanks to everyone who commented on this post. You gave me some insightful answers that weren’t the same old answers I was expecting to get.
This may be unnecessary, but I wanted to give a little more detail to the questions posed after my presentation so that you can better understand the reasons behind my post.
The very first question came from a woman on the front row. She’d been paying attention the whole time and wasn’t shooting me dirty looks or anything. She asked, “So, you’re wanting to do this here, right?” I was confused, but finally figured out she meant do work for Love 146 here in Wichita. (Please note, I had mentioned Love 146 during my presentation, but I discussed probably a dozen groups that work against sex trafficking.)
After I told her that yes, I was interested in starting what Love 146 calls a Task Force here in Wichita, she asked me why since there’s already a group here in Wichita helping local victims. In what I thought was kind of a rude tone, she asked me why I wouldn’t just join with local people to help local victims instead of starting my own thing for international victims.
Other people asked questions about local victims and ICT SOS, but they weren’t as rude. They were just curious.
This first lady, though, seemed angry at me for wanting to help international victims. I told her that I was in contact with the people behind ICT SOS and fully intend to partner with them, and then I told her I didn’t discuss local efforts because I’d been asked to speak on work being done internationally. The teacher even felt the need to step in and confirm that I was asked to only speak on international trafficking.
The lady just sat there with a sour look on her face, but didn’t say anything else. And that’s why I wrote my blog post. I just didn’t understand the anger, and since there are millions of trafficking victims around the world I’m not sure why she thought we should limit ourselves to local work.
So again, thanks for your feedback. You were all a little too rational so I’m not sure you helped me understand where this particular person was coming from, but I found your answers very interesting.